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The 21 LVMH Prize semifinalists
LVMH has chosen 21 semifinalists from 14 countries. | Image courtesy: LVMH

LVMH announces 2017 Prize for Young Fashion Designers shortlist

LVMH has announced the 21 semifinalists for its annual Prize for Young Fashion Designers. The luxury group chose from 1,200 candidates – its highest number of applications yet. The semifinalists hail from Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This year’s group of semifinalists is set apart from those of past years because of its number of menswear designers. There are 10 menswear designers and only nine womenswear designers. The group is completed by two designers who do both menswear and womenswear.

Another thing sending the pool into uncharted territory is its emphasis on streetwear.

“Boldness is the keyword of the creations of these 21 young designers,” Delphine Arnault, fund founder and selection supervisor, said in a statement. “LVMH felt a duty to create this Prize that rewards young designers but above all nurtures tomorrow’s talent.” 

The designers are competing for $320,000 and a year of mentoring. Marques’Almeida and Grace Wales Bonner are among past winners. Off White, Jaquemus, Hood by Air and Vejas have all been runners up.

The prize is judged by a jury including Karl Lagerfeld, Phoebe Philo, Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, Jonathan Anderson, Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton director and executive vice president, Delphine Arnault, and new addition Maria Grazia Chiuri. Another first-time participant is model Kendall Jenner, who will be on the industry expert panel.

“I love seeing their energy, creativity and drive,” Arnault said in an interview with Vogue. “I really admire young people with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to build something. They have a real vision and point of view.” 

As announced by LVMH, the chosen designers are 

Abasi Rosborough by Greg Rosborough, American designer based in New York. Menswear, showing in New York.

Ambush by Yoon Ahn, American designer based in Tokyo. Unisex collections, showing in New York.

Angus Chiang by Angus Chiang, Taiwanese designer based in Taiwan. Menswear, showing in Tokyo.

Atlein by Antonin Tron, French designer based in Paris. Womenswear, showing in Paris.

Blindness by JiSun Park, Korean designer based in Seoul. Menswear, showing in Paris.

Cecilie Bahnsen by Cecilie Rosted Bahnsen, Danish designer based in Copenhagen. Womenswear, showing in Copenhagen.

Charles Jeffrey Loverboy by Charles Jeffrey, British designer based in London. Menswear, showing in London.

Daniel W. Fletcher by Daniel Fletcher, British designer based in London. Menswear, showing in London.

Dilara Findikoglu by Dilara Findikoglu, Turkish designer based in London. Womenswear, showing in London.

GMBH by Serhat Isik, German collective based in Berlin. Unisex collections, showing in Berlin.

Jahnkoy by Maria Kazakova, Russian designer based in New York. Menswear, showing in New York.

Katherine Mavridis by Katherine Mavridis, Australian designer based in New York. Womenswear, showing in New York.

Kozaburo by Kozaburo Akasaka, Japanese designer based in Tokyo. Menswear, showing in Tokyo.

Maggie Marilyn by Maggie Hewitt, New Zealand designer based in Auckland. Womenswear, showing in Paris.

Marine Serre by Marine Serre, French designer based in Paris. Womenswear, showing in Paris.

Martine Rose Studios Limited by Martine Rose, British designer based in London. Menswear, showing in London.

Molly Goddard by Molly Goddard, British designer based in London. Womenswear, showing in London.

Nabil Nayal by Nabil el Nayal, British designer based in London. Womenswear, showing in London.

Palomo Spain by Alejandro Gomez Palomo, Spanish designer based in Cordoba. Menswear, showing in New York.

Richard Malone by Richard Malone, Irish designer based in London. Womenswear, showing in London.

Sulvam by Teppei Fujita, Japanese designer based in Tokyo. Menswear, showing in Tokyo.

 

The designers’ work will be displayed in a showroom at the LVMH headquarters on Avenue Montaigne on March 2 and 3. At that time they will be narrowed down to eight finalists. The winners of the prize will be announced June 16.

By Erin Murphy

 

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